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Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

101 PARK AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY 10178-0061, USA
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United States: Dispute resolution

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP represents states and state-owned entities in high-stakes disputes and is particularly active in investor-state arbitrations. The team’s ‘ability to grasp the primary issues and principles of a dispute, however obscure and complex, is exemplary’. It secured an ICSID annulment for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela of a $1.4bn award issued in 2014 in a case involving Mobil’s oil projects in Venezuela. It also represents the Republic of India in a group of high-profile arbitrations brought by foreign investors in the telecoms sector. In New York, department head George Kahale III is ‘a bright legal mind’, Miriam Harwood has ‘excellent ability to cut through challenges and make a case clearly and concisely while under great pressure’ and Mark O’Donoghue is ‘first rate’. In Washington DC, Claudia Frutos-Peterson is recommended and senior counsel Luis Parada recently joined from Foley Hoag LLP. Benard Preziosi has relocated to the firm’s London office.

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George Kahale III - Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 3

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

While it is relatively small compared to some of the firms in the ranking, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP’s four-partner team has ‘deep knowledge of the laws and institutions’ relevant to the international trade firmament. While the firm does handle some counselling work as it relates to export controls, CFIUS and sanctions, it is best-known for its ‘uniformly superior quality’ advice in the trade remedies area - where its expertise runs the gamut ranging from anti-dumping and countervailing duty disputes to global and China-specific safeguards. ‘Hardworking’ team head Daniel Porter and the ‘calmJames Durling, whose ‘deep knowledge of economics makes him unique in the Washington DC practice’, represent LG Electronics as an interested party, in a raft of disputes including defense of anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases, US court appeals, administrative review and assistance with its WTO case brought by the Korean government. The ‘outstandingMatthew McCullough has ‘a thorough understanding of countervailing duty laws’; he is representing Spanish trade association the Association of Exporters and Industrialists of Table Olives as respondent in US anti-dumping and countervailing duty proceedings. William Barringer is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Matthew McCullough - Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

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United States: Finance

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 5

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

The ‘responsive and committed’ New York-based team at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is known for acting as ‘premier conflicts counsel working side by side with the elite restructuring firms’. The group acted for the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 of Peabody Energy and in a contentious matter, represented Flex as the largest unsecured trade claim holder and co-chair of the official committee of unsecured creditors, in SunEdison’s Chapter 11. In a multijurisdictional matter, Lynn Harrison III and Turner Smith were engaged by the insolvency administrator of the Pickenpack entities in the company’s Chapter 15 filings, including obtaining a recognition order of the entities’ German insolvency proceedings; the team also acted for Pickenpack entities in pursuit of claims in the Chapter 11 cases of China Fishery Group’s Chapter 11 restructuring. Other key names to note are Theresa Foudy and Shaya Rochester, who has a ‘strong work ethic, technical skills and attention to detail’. Former practice head Steven Reisman left the practice to join Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s New York office.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds (including venture capital)
Private equity funds (including venture capital) - ranked: tier 6

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP advises fund sponsors, investors and other industry participants on fund matters. The firm advised key sponsor client Brevet Capital Management on several fund launches, and did the same for Swiss manager HBM Partners; Carl Ruggiero was the key figure in both cases. The firm also has strong relationships with sovereign wealth funds, with Ruggiero and Shaun Reader the names to note; United Gulf Bank and Kipco are other limited partner clients. The firm also advised Merrill Lynch on launching feeder funds to give its clients access to various private equity funds. Other clients include Livingston Securities and Starbridge Venture Capital. The team is based in New York.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) - ranked: tier 3

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP’s corporate M&A practice fields lawyers with considerable experience handling sub-$500m transactions, particularly involving cross-border investments into the US. The team acted for personal care products manufacturer BWX in its acquisition of Mineral Fusion Natural Brands from North Castle Partners and other sellers; advised GAL Manufacturing Corporation and its affiliates on its sale to private equity firm Golden Gate Capital Opportunity Fund; and assisted Gordon Brothers Commercial & Industrial, and its subsidiary Carolina Pride Foods, with the purchase of substantially all the assets of Carolina Pride Foods. New York-based Lawrence Goodman is global M&A group head; and other recommended names include Evan Borenstein and Andrew Seiden, as well as Raymond Hum, who divides his time between Washington DC and New York, Valarie Hing, Jeffrey Ostrager and firm managing partner Matias Vega. Partners listed are in New York, except where otherwise stated.

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Lawrence Goodman - Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 5

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

The client base of the ‘very responsive, pragmatic and knowledgeableCurtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP includes private and public corporations, high-net-worth individuals and family offices, investment and private equity fund managers, and states and state-owned entities, which are advised on cross-border investments, acquisitions, restructurings, fund management, compliance as well as on tax controversies. The practice has been assisting the government of India with a prominent tax controversy involving a bilateral investment treaty dispute brought by Vodafone against the Indian government over its contested liability for a $2.6bn tax transfer of assets. Merrill Lynch and Glencore are other notable clients. Co-chairs Klas Holm and Marco Blanco, who divides between the New York, Paris and Geneva offices, are recommended. Counsels Kuang-Chu Chiang and Olga Beloded are other names to note. All attorneys mentioned are based in New York except when otherwise indicated.

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Kuang-Chu Chiang - Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 6

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP’s New York tax team is best known for its energy, investment fund and family office tax structuring expertise, but also handles a wide variety of other work. Marco Blanco regularly advises Merrill Lynch on its private equity funds and new formations. Other key clients include the Government of India, Glencore, Brevet Capital Management and AxiomSL Group. Klas Holm, William Bricker and Eduardo Cukier make up the core team.

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Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is best known for advising government entities and state-owned companies, especially in Mexico. It has a fine record in the oil and gas sector and is expanding into the wider energy field. The firm has a history of working with Venezuelan entities, but the economic crisis and sanctions imposed on the jurisdiction has decimated it’s work there, where it advised PDVSA for many years. Mexico City partner Rodrigo Valverde has played a pivotal role in developing connections in Mexico, including with state-owned infrastructure development bank, Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios Públicos (Banobras), which the team advised on a peso-denominated secured credit facility for Red de Carreteras de Occidente. With a flourishing Mexico-related practice, the New York team is increasingly active there with partner David Bayrock refocusing his sights after spending many years with a distinct Venezuela emphasis. The team’s ‘overall level of service is excellent’, according to one client, who also commends its ‘very fast’ response times, ‘sharp’ advice and ‘invaluable industry knowledge’. The firm also provides ‘value for money’ by optimising team resources according to the seniority required. Associate Lilliana Dealbert is recommended by clients for her ability to explain urgent matters in Spanish and English and for follow-ups when required. Former New York partner William Candelaria, who has a close association with clients such as Grupo Posadas, joined DLA Piper LLP (US) in 2017.

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International arbitration
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George Kahale III - Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

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